game news The 10 best Switch games to play on the go
We are not going to teach you anything: with its large catalog of games, its compact design and its more than adequate autonomy, the Nintendo Switch is presented as the portable console par excellence. Therefore, it is perfectly suited to transport trips, whether they are short, long or endless. In this article we reveal our list of titles to have a good time in these different cases.
5-10 minute ride
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
For a short trip, you need a game that is very easy to learn and provides immediate pleasure, so you don’t waste a second: Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the perfect candidate for this. As the name suggests, is the crazy meeting between the Tetris series and Puyo Puyo, which is more or less its Japanese equivalent. In this one you will have to align/superimpose four small drops of the same color so that they disappear and earn points. But beware, with Puyo Puyo, the important thing is the combos. The game will thus have fun combining the two licenses according to many game modes, such as Exchange, which alternates Puyo Puyo and Tetris at a regular pace. The icing on the cake: everything can be done with two players.
slime it’s you
Despite its sometimes particularly difficult puzzles, slime it’s you it is a game that really adapts perfectly to small sessions. Why then? Because its puzzles are based on a simple principle -at least in appearance- and a very pleasant graphic style. If you haven’t heard of Baba is You: It’s a puzzle game where you can literally change the rules of the game, lining up blocks. Place the items “Baba” (your little hero) “This” and “Pebbles” and your character will turn into a sublime rock. What to be more resistant and for example go through a lava flow. Baba is You’s levels also have the advantage of being short and highly differentiated. Something to rack your brain for a few minutes.
Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker
Still in the puzzle games category, here it comes Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker. It is a game originally released for Wii U, it came to Nintendo Switch in 2018 and features Mario’s famous sidekick. By his own adventure, the hero must unearth treasures in levels that play a lot with perspectives. Therefore, it will be necessary to take advantage of the advantages of the Nintendo Switch (touch screen, gyroscope) to rotate the levels and get your hands on all its riches. Like Baba is You, Captain Toad relies on very short gameplay sequences, which are great for short trips. There is also a cooperative mode.
10-20 minute ride
super mario odyssey
Inevitably, a longer trip opens the way to “more complex” gaming sessions, which require more investment, but also can’t afford to go on too long. At this point the great super mario odyssey is a leading candidate. The adventures of the most famous mustachioed plumber are suitable for a few minutes of gaming as well as longer sessions. Everything is possible thanks to the “Moons”, famous rewards that replace the traditional Stars and that can be hidden almost anywhere in the levels. A point that had also been a bit disappointing when the title was launched, but that perfectly suits the nature of Nintendo Switch. Mario Odyssey, a reference in this machine.
mario kart 8 deluxe
Another must-see Big N console: mario kart 8 deluxe, which has just inaugurated its “Additional Circuit Pass” already adding eight new tracks -and forty more at the end of next year- to the 48 that are already present. Suffice it to say that there is much to do. You probably already understood this: with its fast, dynamic and very pleasant races, there is no need to spend a lot of time in Mario Kart to get your fix. 10-20 minutes of play gives you time to work on your best time in your favorite race, or string together a full Grand Prix in the hope of having the famous three stars everywhere. Best: If you’re with a friend, it gives you a chance to take on a little challenge with multiplayer.
Kirby and the Forgotten World
It’s all hot and it’s just been released on Nintendo Switch: it’s Kirby and the Forgotten World. These are the first adventures of the little pink ball in 3D. For the occasion, the levels and formula of the chubby hero are opened up, leaving more room for exploration and secrets. Even so, we are clearly not in the presence of a Mario Odyssey-bis: here, the levels are quite short and very different, which allows you to start a small game even on a short trip. Above all, Kirby and the Forgotten World also includes a Treasure Route, with areas even more condensed but with a greater challenge. You will have many options to choose from. Not to mention the fact of going back to a previously visited level to find other secrets.
20-30 minute ride
We finally get to more comfortable gaming sessions, which leave time to overcome a challenge that can give you a hard time. In this category, what’s better than a rogue-lite? For a few years, the teacher in the field is called hell, from Supergiant Games. The title is just a form of culmination for the genre, thanks to excellent gameplay, modifiers embodied by the gods of Greek mythology, and a story that is perfectly suited to starting over and over again. You will have understood: a very good game to have a good time. You’ll just have to cross your fingers not to reach your destination during a boss. If so, it’s simple: put the switch to sleep.
Another rogue-lite that also gave a lot to talk about when it was released: Dead cells, produced by Bordeaux-based Motion Twin. Here, there is no isometric view to Hades, but a really effective 2D one, which also relies on 3D assets to bring the characters of her to life. In Dead Cells, what is most impressive is the pleasure you feel after a few minutes of play. With the right upgrades, your character will be able to traverse levels and smash through enemies at top speed. Of course, you’ll have to be careful not to do anything either: composing your build carefully and paying attention to your health are key elements to making it to the endgame, so don’t get too greedy.
in the gap
When the creators of the excellent FTL: Faster than Light are working on a new title, in other words, expectations are high. And that’s good, because the tactical game in the gap did not disappoint at all when it was released in 2017. Beneath its seeming simplicity lies a game with some crazy depth. Your objective: prevent the alien invader from wreaking havoc on planet Earth, on boards eight squares by eight. To do this, you will have three units available as well as the actions of the opponents in the next rounds. Therefore, you will need to systematically weigh the pros and cons between risks and benefits to get the most out of your machines without taking too much damage. Added to this are side quests and ways to upgrade your ships. It is simple yes, but far from being simplistic.
51 world games
Finally, a small bonus for a family trip, 51 world games. You have probably heard of 42 Timeless Nintendo DS Games. Well, the game we are interested in is almost the same but in a new medium and with nine additional games. The idea is simple: provide great board game classics in a clear and compact way. Thus we find chess, the equivalent of Power 4, darts, checkers, etc. Of course, when possible, there’s local multiplayer, which can go from two to four on a single Switch (it’s also possible to link them together for better readability). The icing on the cake: clear explanations to discover new classics.
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